There are so many good restaurants in Soho, that we couldn't decide where to get dinner. We were starving and "hangry" (when you're so hungry that you're starting to get angry) when we finally settled for Carom. I'm so glad we did!
The service was spectacular! We got there a bit early for dinner but our waiter made sure we were well taken care of. We opted for the tourist menu, and he helped us choose the items that he thought we would like best. My curry was insanely delicious. I paid about 18 pounds for three courses, which was not bad considering how pricey dining in London can be.
The ambiance is great; think Hakasaan in Vegas. I would probably have stayed here for a drink or two if I wasn't so tired.
Our first dinner in London. It was a little confusing, we found the restaurant without issue but when we walked in the host podium was for a different place? So, hang left of that one and there is another. It's swank and clubby inside with a touch of Indian. We were there fairly early on a Saturday (7.30pm) but toward the end of dinner we did have to start yelling a bit as the noise level increased.
I was very pleased with the food. It's an elevated, more sophisticated take on traditional Indian. We got poppadums to start (excellent chutneys, mango was the favorite), chili squid (light and surprisingly good sized portion), and shared the Jhinga (grilled prawns, smallish dish that the waiter did note for us when we placed the order), and the Kerala fish curry with sea bass. The curry was by far my favorite, the ginger and coconut gave it a bit of Thai flavor. Make sure to get some rice to soak up every bit of the curry! Even though I was full I couldn't resist getting dessert, mango kulfi. It was a nice way to end the meal, a little on the small side but it's not like we needed any more than what we were given.
We didn't end up trying any cocktails since we were still dehydrated and jet lagged. Next time!
Last night, I mysteriously ended up at Carom's again. Experiencing similar issues with disorganisation again but on much smaller scale was somehow exciting! We got a table without a reservation, they were helpful and the wait wasn't as long as 15 minutes for an order or anything. Although, we might have been 'waiter-catching' more...
The food was delicious. My aubergine was a sensation! And the wine light-bodies, fresh, beautiful.
I randomly ended up here post-work for a few Tiger beers once before when it strangely became a banging club night, a bit much. But their great Lamb and South Asian sort of tapas to drink with brought me and my unadventurous lot back here.
This second visit however was more of a subdued event. At it's entrance, under a conservatory roof, contrived chintzy uncomfortable seating at first glances looked the most convivial place to enjoy ourselves in the cutesy artificial sectioned off 'garden'. Akin to being in a Laura Ashley shop window circa. 1992 but with the backdrop of a gaudy curry house in the background it was more Watford, than Wardour st.
Our server was full of the joys of Spring, however management milling around looked a little more interested.
I still don't get this place, but the tamarind and green curry pesto, I hate to admit, was rather wonderful.
This eye-blowing place is quite a fancy venue, in the middle of SoHo.
The place can seem noisy at first, but the tables are compartmented, so you have your own little cosy space.
We enjoyed having an American-style waitress, who presented herself, made jokes about us, and was nonetheless very knowledgeable and professional.
The food was good, although the cold sweet & sour chickpea dumplings did not live up to expectations...
The rest of the meal was great though, up to the grand finale: an amazing fruity cheesecake.
Drink-wise, the cocktails and soft cocktails were very enjoyable too.
I don't know what to compliment first the food or the service.
Let me start with the food, I really enjoyed it. The lamb was delicious, especially the Nalli Salli. We did make a reservation before we went. The only downside I can think of [nothing major] but it did get a little too noisy.
This is a also a very affordable restaurant for where it is. I was actually shocked at how cheap it was.
The service is a whole different story, it wasn't the best service in the world but you could see they were trying hard to do their best.
A relaxed chilled out sort of place with Indian inspired food and cocktails. The house white is delicious (especially in this warm weather), as was a champagne cocktail which I'm sorry to say, I can't remember what it's called.
The Food on the other hand was okay, perhaps that is a little harsh, it's probably very nice to most, but for me personally I found it to be over spiced for my taste. Let me point out that I would not call myself a fan of Indian food. It's okay in small (very small) doses and it would not be on my list of "go to" food nor my "I'm dying, it's an emergency" foods. Of course I'm joshing with you.
Final thought: Thumbs up if you want to bring a date here for drinks, but perhaps not for dinner if it's a second date and you're expecting to do any "pitch-ing" yelp.co.uk/topic/london-…, or at least, make sure that you both order dishes with garlic!
Visited Carom at Meza with about 8 friends a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night. The atmosphere is the biggest selling point: busy ++ but in a good way- vibrant and heady as you would expect from a Soho hotspot. Cocktails are also delicious- especially the Indian-inspired ones- and served by attentive bar staff who seem to know what they are doing..
Food-wise, I would say its a mixed bag- some inspired dishes such as the chicken sizzling in gin (a definite recommendation) but others are simply standard curry/meat/sauce dishes that you could find a reasonable indian local. Portion sizes are reasonable for central london, though would recommend sharing the starters/smaller plates given dish variability.
Not so much for a date but for a night out with friends I would recommend- a DJ starts playing around 10pm and people randomly start dancing in the entrance area, so on a summer evening after a couple of cocktails you might just join them.
This place has everything just right, making it an awesome place to hang out and/or party! With all the hospitality and perks of a central London club, but with a decor and vibe which is just the right amount of down-to-earth, Carom makes itself a versatile joint fit for the dance floor demons and the couch slouchers to happily coincide and intermingle.
My friend and I had just been ousted from a pub at closing time and were wandering the streets looking for a decent joint that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg. Alas, we thought, it is after midnight on a Saturday and we are smack in the middle of London, we have no hope...
Then, somewhere near the soho village area, up pops Carom. The place is busy with a good g:g, the music sounds good, and everyone looks like they're having a blast. What's that you say...No cover? No coatcheck fee? The bartenders are proper professionals putting on a show and making fine cocktails, there is a fun-loving attentive staff keeping the place running, the DJ is actually mixing well and keeping the vibe going, and even the washrooms were spacious, elegant, and well attended by a friendly gent.
I will absolutely be taking people back there. My only wish is that it didn't close at 2!
I did not try the food.
These guys have introduced a curry club, once a month you can join them for a cooking demo behind the scenes with the head chef!
Following that, you can enjoy a drink & a 3 course meal, all for £50!
If you can't make the demo, you can enjoy the menu of the month for £15 (includes drink, sides).
Not a bad deal!
Check out their website for more info!
A really lively place night-spot with a DJ and food and a full bar. What more can you ask for on a Friday for happy hour with the girls?
The food was really good, and the cocktails were even better. I had a little help from the manager who was roaming around us a bit for a cocktail choice and it was spot on.
We ordered the taster platter and it was just delicious. I don't even like chutney and i couldn't get enough of the carrot chutney.
Highly recommend this place!
i came here with some friends on a friday night for some pre-dinner cocktails. the bar area was very busy so initially we didn't have a seat, or great service, despite standing at the bar for an age. the saving grace of the entire experience of this place was actually the manager/owner (i think), who noticed that we were not being served, acknowledged us, and very quickly sorted out our orders for us. he was also great, telling us all of the histories behind each individual cocktail he was making. his service was absolutely brilliant, and elevates this review from 3 stars to 4 for sure.
the atmosphere in here is really weird being part bar/part restaurant/part atrium...and i think there is another restaurant tucked away somewhere too. i didn't think it particularly gelled well together, but to be honest, once we had a seat for our group, it was pleasant enough.
the cocktails we had were excellent. i got an elder bubble which was a gin, prosecco and elder flower affair, and an old white lady (or maybe just a white lady, i can't remember!) which was another gin based affair, but with lemon. it was very bitter and just delicious! they definitely pack a punch, but they are pricey at around the £9-£10 mark.
i'd come back if i reserved a seat in the front bar area (by the windows) and wanted some good cocktails. it's fairly large for soho so is a good idea if you're in a group and looking for somewhere to go last minute without reservations (that's what we did!)
I've been dying to come back and try this place "for reals" since the Yelp Elite Curry Club event. So when a friend called and told me another friend was in town and wanted to meet for dinner, I did think of here. Luckily, she lives in Maine and there is a severe shortage of good Indian food there, so she was totally on board for an Indian night out.
I do have to say the atmosphere is a bit odd. Two restaurants in one place? It's strange. Also the bar area was super crowded when we showed up at 7:00, with the restaurant being fairly empty. We got a booth (which was nice, even if it was a tad warm) and browsed the menu.
They're all about the sharing apparently. So that's what we decided to do. We ordered poppadoms (of course) and they come with three delicious chutneys. We got three starters: bhelpuri, chicken satay and chili squid. All of them were pretty damn tasty. The bhelpuri was very spicy and deliciously crunchy. Chicken satay was slightly overcooked, but the seasoning was spot on! And squid with chili is always a winning combination in my book! We were all quite impressed with the starters.
The mains came. We had grilled chicken, lamb curry, chennai chicken curry, saag makai and black lentils. I had had two of the dishes before, so I knew the chicken curry and the lentils were amazing (and they were again). The grilled chicken was perfectly cooked and incredibly tasty. The saag makai was also wonderfully delicious. Spinach and baby corn? More please! I still want to bathe in the lentils. I don't know what they do, but I love them. We had paratha, peshwari naan, rice and salad. Paratha is my favorite, so I was very happy with that! The peshwari naan was a bit odd. I don't know what it was, but I've had better. The salad was pretty tasty as well (and I've never ordered a salad at an Indian place before). My friend from the US says she normally doesn't like lentils (apparently eating them as a kid turns you off of them), and she loved them. She also doesn't usually eat Indian breads, but she thought the paratha was also really tasty.
We didn't have dessert. No Gulab Jamun unfortunately. The desserts were strangely non-Indian (except the Kulfi).
I had a great time though, and they had some interesting wines on the menu (Indian wine!) so we were all happy campers. When I go back, I think I'm going to avoid the lamb curry, but there's a beef curry on the menu that's calling my name....
I love this place, the food is superb, the cocktails are nice and it is really good for a party but the last time I was there the service was not good and I do hope it was a one-time event as I like this restaurant.
Modern Indian, in the heart of Soho. The bar feature 83 ( count 'em) varieties of gin. The menu features an array of small plates and mains of the former, chilli squid was very good, although the softshell crab Chennai-style was deemed not as good as in Chennai. But then, we're in the West End here, not the steamy Sub-Continent. Other high points included the very good poppadoms and pickles( light, airy, and seemingly greaseless, paired with an apple chutney, something with tamarind reminiscent of a posher, less sugary HP Sauce [ in a good way], and a chili number). Main courses were fairly unmemorable though a Goan prawn curry was somewhat lacking in punch, for example. Service, though friendly and accommodating, was a little haphazard and hesitant, and a serviceable wine list was marred by a number of things being unavailable or in short supply. In fairness, it was a Monday night, but I did feel I ( and the the restaurant) could do better .
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